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Local woman is hot over theft of an antique stove

Aspen Times Staff Report

Three women, one of whom had apparently been drinking rather heavily, are being sought in connection with the disappearance of an antique stove last weekend.

The stove, said to be a century-old kerosene burner, was taken Sunday afternoon from the front porch of longtime local resident Christie Kienast. (see letter, page 16-A.)

“I’m kind of disappointed in people, mostly,” she said Tuesday.

Kienast had held a yard sale that day, and had sold the stove to a man from Atlanta, Ga., who she said “was so happy to find the stove.”

She said she had put a “sold” sign on the stove that was clearly visible, having agreed to ship the stove to its buyer. The stove, however, was left on the porch.

She then went to the Carbondale Mountain Fair for awhile that afternoon, she said, leaving a note instructing anyone interested in buying anything that was still for sale to leave the money in an envelope tucked inside her front storm door. But when she returned, the stove was gone, and an unexplained $20 bill was left in its place.

She said she heard Monday from a man who had come into the yard and had seen three women picking up the stove and carrying it off. She said the man had remarked to the women that the stove had already been sold, but was ignored.

The man told her two of the women were “older” and that he recognized them, and that the younger woman appeared to be “intoxicated.” They drove off in a new-looking, off-white Ford Explorer, he said.

Police are investigating the theft. Kienast said she does not want to press charges but simply wants the stove back.


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